There s a sweet spot in the suspense genre where character study combines with Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart psychological horror This sweet spot hasroduced masterpieces like Dare Me Dangerous Girls Allegedly and now Genuine Fraud These are stories about bad This Deleuzian Century people who don t get theirunishment because that s not how the real world works Real life is messy Sometimes bad Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity people live on First things first I KNOW a lot ofeople are going to be comparing this to We Were Liars Genuine Fraud is a very different novel and I expect that Tell Me What You Want plenty ofeople who hated We Were Liars s Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism pretentious rich kids andoetic writing style will love Genuine Fraud s straightforward writing style and morally black main character I enjoyed the former a fair amount but this book blew me away Weirdly enough the difference between We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud is similar to the difference between Dangerous Girls and
Dangerous Boys they re both excellent books but the first one of each air is concentrated on atmosphere and Boys they re both excellent books but the first one of each air is concentrated on atmosphere and final twist while the second one is about the why than the how Genuine Fraud is the story of Jule West Williams and her best friend Imogen Anything else said here would spoil the lot This book is told in flashbacks with brilliantly subtle clues as to what s going on and reveals that made my heart ound I have to say that I wasn t totally shocked by much about the book but damn if the ride wasn t enjoyableThis book is about the outcasts the kids who aren t rich and erfect It s about how far someone might go to have their own happy wealthy life The tension builds so slowly in this story You feel sympathy for Julep towards the beginning and even towards the end I admit there were confusing arts If you re someone who wants everything to be clear from the beginning don t Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing pick this up But for me the unanswered uestions workederfectly This was a book that left me absolutely desperate to finish Even when I redicted twists every moment was full of tension Just let this book surprise you Thanks to my local bookstore for allowing me to borrow the arc This book is very very good and super mind twisty I haven t read an E Lockhart book since We Were Liars came out so I had no idea what to expect I thought it was contemporary but it s actually a thrillerya know like the back cover says A MASTERFUL THRILLER in case you are a good member of society and read back covers I do not However that didn t lessen my enjoyment of it I did fall apart a bit because the book is basically told backwards Which I get It s a common thriller thing right You start with the character in this case Jules living a mysterious life and there s probably a body and you want to know HOW DID IT GET HEREso wheeeee we go back a body and you want to know HOW DID IT GET HEREso wheeeee we go back time and see But the time line jumps around SO SO MUCH that I just got freaking lost We re in the resent then back in the All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence past and then further back in theast before ducking forward to that Discovering Our Past California Edition: Medieval And Early Modern Times present bit again and and and insert cait s brain melting like a glueot hereBy the end I was just so freaking confused Plus I thought the end contained a whole lotta coincidences that I just couldn t gnaw through and acceptHowever like all that asideit is REALLY well written The details are amazing and the book is really short but doesn t feel like it It In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four packs aunch and ties things in and like halfway through my brain was split into WOW and WTF Excellent reactions for a thriller Plus it s in 3rd erson which is my favouriteAnd Jules is a totally unreliable narrator I really don t want to say much because the lot s too hard to explain without spoilers But basically we re introduced to her living an extravagant and lavish life in a hotel but obviously using a stolen identity And then a cop catches up with her and she runs and then we start trawling back through her life s story to understand WHO THE HECK IS JULES WEST WILLIAMS So the story is totally full of basically rich lavish messed up white kids Which isn t my favourite trope but hey AT LEAST they weren t The Houdini Solution: Put Creativity and Innovation to work by thinking inside the box pretending not to be severely messed up view spoilerJules is a freakingsychopath so that was interesting hide spoiler CW talk of suicide murdergoreTHIS BOOK IS A TRIP MAN I definitely struggled a bit with this read It s not exactly my cup of tea but I think it is so uniue and genius that it has to get a good rating from meI really enjoyed the first two chapters of this book E Lockhart has a very sophisticated writing that can be hard for me to jump into but the beginning was so intriguing with a girl on the run that I just wanted to read Then by the third chapter we re back in time Essentially this story is told backwards Every chapter skips back a week to a month BEFORE the events we ve just read As someone who does NOT like flashbacks in books I almost set. From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new sychological suspense novel the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life But how many times can someone reinvent themselves You be the judgeImogen is a runaway heiress an orphan a cook and a cheatJule is a fighter a social chameleon and an athlete An intense friendship A disappearance A mur. The book down but as we got deeper into the
Story I Started To Really Enjoy The Process Of Reading I started to really enjoy the The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability process of reading seemingly insignificant detail discovering the significance later and then making the connection as opposed to traditional writingI m alsoleased with this book as I think it is the only young adult novel I ve ever read with a true unreliable narrator Or maybe it s that the storytelling is unreliable but the One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries protagonist is not one you can trust regardless I had to second guess my feelings on Jule every step of the way Even after finishing I m stillerplexed The same goes for Imogen I was constantly flip flopping on which girl I trusted which I liked which I felt empathy for and it made for a really uniue reading experience I did find the lot to be a little dull at times The scenes aren t all that exciting they are fairly mundane but it s the overall storytelling that kept me going The way the book is written made the ordinary scenes feel interesting than they actually areI don t know how strict of a mystery I would label this book because I don t believe it s a clear cut whodunnit with a single crime to be solved It s not the most suspenseful and there is not a ton of actionhigh intensity I think it is a novel that has of a sychological trip the forces you to uestion absolutely every sentence written I also don t believe there is a huge lot twist because you sort of expect it but it s the rocess of unraveling of the truth that I found to be exciting than the actual revealAll in all I found Genuine Fraud to be an interesting novel I didn t LOVE it because the writing style flashback and lot isn t really for me but the way it is written is truly a novelty I thoroughly enjoyed the freshness and uniueness of the novel If you re looking for a different intriguing young adult novel that is sophisticated than most I think Genuine Fraud is worth giving a shot I received a free copy of this book from Delacorte Press I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own Having read some early mixed reviews for Genuine Fraud I decided to go into the book with an open mindThe story is written backwards in time starting at chapter eighteen through to chapter one and then ending at nineteen Although I didn t initially have a roblem with this after you stop the book and then Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told pick it up again it can become slightly confusing especially since the story evolves around two characters that from the start you realise one isretending to be the other I don t know if I would like to read a reverse timeline again but I did enjoy the Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) plot and found myself wanting to continue to see the outcomeThe characters aren tarticularly endearing or even likeable but I think that s the way they are supposed to be Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics portrayed however the author E Lockhart has written a very ingenious story that keeps your attention This may not have theunch and killer twists that some Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Powerful Internal and External Communications psychologicalcrime novels do but nonetheless it s a decent and uite a uick readGenuine Fraud is my first book by E Lockhart and certainly won t be my last I d happily recommend this book to fellow readers as long as you re aware of how the book is styled and that it has beenartially based on an inspiration from another famous book 35 stars Okay so Andrea said she needs a review to those two stars and because she s Andrea and I like her so much I m going to write a few sentences why this was only a two star read for me I didn t like the writing style of this book and whilst it s a nice idea to write a book from the ending to the beginning this stylistic device didn t work out for me At least not when it comes to Genuine Fraud I m sure some Versailles people will beg to differ but it s just the way I felt after reading the book Who is Jule Why is she doing the things she does What happened before she became theerson she is now There are so many uestions and none of them were answered I mean I read 262 ages and nothing made any sense to me I can t imagine that your ordinary girl would change so drastically just because the opportunity arose There has to be a motive but if there was one it definitely was lost on me The stereotypes in this one were so urgh The spoilt heiress that does everything her way and always icks some The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon people that are lucky enough to capture her attention Immie was horrible Jule was even worse and Brooke Don t even get me started Imogen s bf what was his name again And what s with Paolo The guyops up every once in a while obviously sweeps Jule off her feet and then nothing It made no sense to me The ending Boy this was so anticlimactic I to me The ending Boy this was so anticlimactic I t even If I d be a smoker it wouldn t even be worth the infamous cigarette after the sex Like seriously why did I read this book I m unsatisfied I loved We Wer. Der or maybe two A bad romance or maybe threeBlunt objects disguises blood and chocolate The American dream superheroes spies and villains A girl who refuses to give Rack Ruin people what they want from herA girl who refuses to be theerson she once wasPraise for E Lockhart's We Were LiarsHaunting sophisticated Twisty and well told The Wall Street JournalIt will leave you dying to talk about the book with a al or ten ParadecomYou're goi. .
E Liars and it s such a shame that Genuine Fraud didn t live up to my expectations Genuine Fraud I cannot say about the genuine art but this book is definitely a fraud It Splendid Solution pains me to say this because I was blown away by We Were Liars It s in my TOP 10 But this is like someone else wrote it Okay I could feel a certain similarity in thelot twist but it s nowhere near We Were Liars I read several reviews and it seems that retty often eople who liked We Were Liars were disappointed by this one But on the other hand eople who were not impressed by We Were Liars found this one to be better So if you did not like We Were Liars this might be a better
One For YouAnd I Want To Writefor youAnd I want to write long review explaining what went wrong for me but it seems like everything went wrong The main thing is I was obsessed with the writing style of We Were Liars the metaphors ersonifications That it was almost oetic And it was non existent here view spoilerSo was almost oetic And it was non existent here view spoilerSo thing that got me angry was that it started with Jule running away from a detective and then we go down the memory line which is not that surprising However it still ends with Jule running away from the detective Nothing is resolved in that regard I feel cheated hide spoiler Genuine Fraud is neither another We Were Liars or a great alternative for those disappointed with it It s a confusing reverse chronological rip off of The Talented Mr RipleyAt first I was liking it Lockhart has cooled off with the metaphors and weird writing here making it much to my tastes stylistically The book opens at the end of the story with Jule clearly on the run She dresses up in disguise calls herself Imogen and flees at the first sign her cover has been blown The story moves backwards in time from thereI don t mind retellings of classic tales especially those that stick a woman into a traditional male role but this book is almost exactly the same story as The Talented Mr Ripley Lockhart names it as one of her inspirations for the book but honestly inspiration is kind Not only is the Racial Theories In Context plot almost identical but all of the characters are too Imogen Forrest Brooke and Imogen sarents or should I say Dickie Marge Freddie and Dickie s The Queen I parents The murder weapon is even the samePerhaps I wouldn t have noticed this so much if I hadn t just read The Talented Mr Ripley last year To be honest by far my bigger issue with this book was the complete lack of suspenseIt was too obvious what had happened Being told in reverse meant we were reading to discover the hows and whys I suppose but it never seemed to ratchet up any tension Jule is introduced to us as a scheming liar so it was no big surprise when you guessed it she schemes and she lies There is no actual mystery to discover nor a clever twist to makeushing through worth it For such a short book it was Cigarette Kisses pretty boring There is some interesting social commentary about women and female roles inarticular but that unfortunately wasn t enough to hold up the book Genuine Fraud is being sold as mystery and suspense but there just wasn t much of eitherBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube RATING
255 imogen isImogen is runaway heiress an orphan a cook and a cheat Jule is an athlete a social chameleon and a fighter An intense friendship murders bad romances How many times can someone reinvent themselves You be the judgeI dare say both Imogen and Jule are two of the most complex and fascinating characters I ve ever read about This is narrated in the third erson but don t be fooled the narration is completely unreliable and I loved it It kept me guessing 999% of the time However the timeline in this book was ALL OVER THE PLACE It was intentional of course Some readers might find it original and intriguing but for me it was just too much My little brain could not rocess all the information I got the overall icturethough so I wasn t completely out of the loop I recommend this but don t expect it to be as good as We Were Liars though cause it is not It s a shame because it had otential I had high hopes for this one after We Were Liars I was let downI didn t really get it When I finished it I asked myself Why and there was no good answer The author tries to explain her inspiration in an Author s Note at the end but it seems like what she was trying to do didn t end up with a full cohesive and complete storyThe book had its moments and Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare part way through I thought that maybe the interesting format was going tolay out into an awesome AH HA moment But not really maybe of an Ahhhh meh momentI can t really say who I would recommend this one to It is not one that I can say that I didn t care for it but I would expect that some Organizations As Knowledge Systems people would think it is awesome It is just too contrived with no greatayoff that was a wild rid. Ng to want to remember the title Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending Entertainment WeeklyAn ambitious novel with an engaging voice a clever lot and some terrific writing The New York Times Book ReviewThrilling beautiful and blisteringly smart We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable John Green #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Sta.